Severe Rash and Heat Boils on Baby’s Face : SOS Moms Reply

Mommy Prachi Shah is worried about the severe rash and heat boils on her 7 month old baby’s face.

It’s normal for babies to develop skin rashes from as early as a few days old, as their sensitive skin adapts to a different environment. Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own. Rashes are one of the most common reasons that parents of small children visit the doctor. In most cases rashes do not indicate a dangerous condition, but in some cases they do. If a child is in good, general health and has no other symptoms, you can simply observe the rash for a few days

The most common causes of skin rashes in babies are:

Milia (blocked oil glands)

Erythema Toxicum (the “normal newborn rash”)

Neonatal Acne (“baby acne”)

Cradle Cap


Nappy Rash


Miliaria (“sweat rash”)


Urticaria (hives)

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease


How to Spot and Relieve Rashes.

What it looks like: A red, extremely itchy rash with bumps or blisters… hydro-cortisone cream or calamine lotion for itching. Call your doctor if the rash involves the face or eyes. What… it is: A rash that occurs when your child is overheated and her sweat glands get plugged.

Getting Under the Skin

Your baby’s soft, beautiful skin is probably a pleasure to caress and squeeze. And then there’s that heavenly scent. But beautiful baby skin can develop blotches and spots. Although most new parents know about diaper rash as a baby-specific phenomenon, they may be surprised by some of the other rashes that can crop up in childhood. Here are some of the common ones, most of which can be easily treated.

Symptoms of Heat Rash on Face

Before one thinks of treatment, it is important to identify heat rash correctly. A heat rash consists of small bumps on skin that causes the surrounding skin area to appear red. You will find the rash often appears on body parts covered by clothes like trunk, groin and armpits. In case of face, it appears on the forehead generally, especially if the child is made to wear caps and scarfs. It may appear on the side of the face and neck, where the child rests his/her head while sleeping on the pillow or the mother’s shoulder. If you use a magnifying glass, you will find there are no hair follicles covered by the heat bumps. Thus, indicating it is not a case of folliculitis. Let us now go into the details of how to treat heat rash on baby’s face.

How to Cure Baby Heat Rash

There are a few baby heat rash remedies that you can try at home. First and foremost, you need to cool off your baby. You can do so by dipping a cotton cloth in a solution containing one teaspoon baking soda and a cup of cool water. Then place the cloth on the baby’s rash for about 5 to 10 minutes for about five times a day. This will help prevent itching and reduce the rash. You can even apply a thin coat of calamine lotion on the skin to ease irritation. Another effective baby heat rash treatment includes application of Aloe Vera gel. This will help sooth the irritated skin of your baby. You can even apply salicylic acid pads on your baby’s skin to unclog the pores. Antihistamine and hydro-cortisone cream too helps prevent the constant itching and helps your baby fall asleep.

You should change their clothes into something light and cotton. Do not make the baby wear synthetic clothes in summer as it will lead to prickly heat. Cotton is a breathable clothing that will help keep your baby cool and dry. You should avoid taking your baby outdoors on a hot day. Keep the infant well hydrated and continue breastfeeding him. You too should avoid wearing synthetic, woolen or abrasive fabrics. When you hold your baby in your arms, your clothes cause skin irritation leading to heat rash.

Baby heat rash will disappear in a few days. However, if you find the baby heat rash on face does not go away after a few days or appears worse than ever, visit a doctor immediately. In summers, keep your baby cool and dry. Keep a calamine lotion at hand as it will help get rid of dry skin as well as heat rash. Hope the above information has been helpful for you in understanding prickly heat affecting babies.

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